May 5, 2010 / 8:01 PM / 10 years ago

FACTBOX - Car crashes biggest death risk for U.S. teens

REUTERS - Car accidents are by far the biggest killer of teenagers in the United States, according to statistics published on Wednesday.

But black teenage males have a disproportionately high risk of being murdered, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

Here are some facts from the report, written by the CDC’s Arialdi Minino and based on data from the National Vital Statistics System from 1999 to 2006:

* Accidents account for 48 percent of all teenage deaths, with motor vehicle accidents causing a third of all deaths.

* The five leading causes of death among teenagers are accidents, homicide, suicide, cancer, and heart disease.

* Male teenagers are more likely to die than female teenagers at every single year of age from 12 to 19, and the risk to all teens grows as they grow older.

* Black male teenagers far more likely than other teens to be murdered. Homicide is the leading cause of death for non-Hispanic black male teenagers.

* Fewer than 1 percent of people who die in the United States each year are teens, with 16,375 teenagers dying in an average year.

Editing by Eric Beech

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